Today’s Daily Dose of the Dead is from the Felt Forum in New York City on December 5, 1971. This is the song “I Washed My Hands in Muddy Waters”.
The Dead only played this one live a single time and this is a song I have not posted before so definitely a rarity. ”I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water” is a song written by Cowboy Joe Babcock and recorded by Stonewall Jackson in 1965, whose version went to number 8 on Hot Country Songs in 1965. The song was also recorded and played by Elvis and the Spencer Davis Group.
This show is well known because it was broadcast live on WNEW in NY and also because it has one of the great Comes a Time versions of any show. Also has one of those amazing Dark Star > Me & My Uncle > Dark Star segues that work so well together.
1: Bertha, BIODTL, Big Boss Man, B. E. Women, Muddy Water, Jack Straw, Mr. Charlie, Tennessee Jed, El Paso, Deal, Playin, Next Time, Comes A Time, Casey Jones, Saturday Night
2: Truckin, Ramble On, Hurts Me Too, Sugaree, Sugar Magnolia, Dark Star Jam> Me & My Uncle> Dark Star Jam> Top Of The World, Bobby McGee, Big RxR Blues, Mexicali, You Win Again, NFA> GDTRFB> NFA
E: Johnny B. Goode
"Well I was born in ol’ Virginia, North Carolina, I did roam. If I’d listen to what daddy told me, I would not be so all alone.”